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Woman admits to fake GSOC statement

A WOMAN has admitted making a false statement to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) in the course of an investigation by the policing watchdog.

Julie Browning pleaded guilty to a charge of giving information that was false or misleading to the GSOC at its headquarters in 2012.

The case against her was adjourned for six weeks when she appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday.

None of the circumstances of the case was disclosed, and the court was told the facts would be given on the next date.

Browning, of Dermot O'Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin, is charged with an offence under Section 110 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005.

The charge states that she provided information that she knew to be false or misleading to the GSOC at its office in Abbey Street on a date in October 2012. This was in relation to a complaint or investigation.

The case of a co-accused, a serving member of the force, is also currently before the courts. He faces the same charge.

Browning had previously entered a not guilty plea and had a date set for trial at the non-jury district court.

However, the date for that hearing was subsequently vacated on the application of her lawyer and the trial cancelled.

Yesterday, her solicitor, Michael Hanahoe, said she was pleading guilty.

DIFFICULTIES

Judge Conal Gibbons put the case back in the morning's court list, but when it was called again, Mr Hanahoe said the State had "difficulties" going ahead.

Judge Gibbons agreed to adjourn the case for six weeks for the facts to be heard on the next date.

Browning, who sat at the back of the courtroom during the proceedings, covered her face with a large black umbrella as she left the building.

APHELAN@HERALD.IE


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